Farmers refusing to use ‘snowflake’ vets who have no background in farming

Posted in Teaching on May 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Farmers are refusing to take on ‘snowflake’ veterinary students who do not have a farming background. It is reported that a pig farmer in North Cork said he will no longer accommodate these students …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 16 May]

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Should students be forced to make presentations for assessment?

Posted in Teaching on May 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“At this time or year many students are presenting their research results as part of their assessments. For many it is a traumatising experience – I regularly have nervous students in front of me who are terrified of losing marks …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 16 May]

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You don’t exist just ‘to be useful’, President tells young philosophers

Posted in Life on May 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland needs to guard against a reengineering of the education system under the assumption that ‘we exist to be made useful’, President Michael D Higgins has said. Attending the Irish Young Philosopher Awards 2019 at UCD’s O’Reilly Hall, the President said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 15 May]

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Trinity applies for permission to build kiosks in the Arts Building

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has submitted a planning application to Dublin City Council to build ‘movable oak clad kiosks’ on the second-level floor of the Arts Building. The application states that the intended use for the kiosks is to ‘house multiple student and college related functions’, which are to include ‘clubs and societies information, charity events and sales, [and] study groups’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 15 May]

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The rise and rise of women in maths

Posted in Research on May 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The influential collection of biographical essays by Eric Temple Bell, Men of Mathematics, was published in 1937. It covered the lives of about 40 mathematicians, from ancient times to the beginning of the 20th century. The book inspired many boys to become mathematicians. However, it seems unlikely it inspired many girls …” (more)

[Peter Lynch, Irish Times, 16 May]

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